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On Other Blogs: Medicare, Green Buildings, Immigration, and More

By Erica C. Barnett August 24, 2012

1. Cognitive dissonance alert: In The Daily World, Republican Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler decries Washington State's proposed cuts to hospitals' Medicaid reimbursements... but praises Paul Ryan's proposal to turn Medicare into a privatized voucher program, which would cut health care for millions, as "the only proposal that anyone has written down and said, 'let's have a debate.'" (She goes on to say that if health care isn't fixed in the next decade, "every politician should be strung up.")

2. Grist lists some of the lessons learned from Seattle's "deep green" building program, which will only build three "living buildings"---buildings that produce much of their own water and electricity---before it expires this year. Lesson 1: Green buildings freak out code enforcers, bankers, and NIMBYs.

3. Going further than he has before, gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna, a Republican, says, "I support the laws we have in our state which provide a woman with control over reproductive decisions.” The News Tribune has more.

4. SDOT's blog has a cool roundup of transportation-related infographics, including one showing the positive impact investments in pedestrian infrastructure have had on the number of people who walk.

5. Gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna and Cantwell opponent Michael Baumgartner, both Republicans, say they differ with their party's platform plank on immigration---they believe states should decide whether to grant in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants, the Seattle Times reports.

6. The lady writers respond: Maureen Dowd, Froma Harrop, and Gail Collins on Todd Akin.
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